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Rosenberg Railroad Museum (Adjacent to 3 Active Train Lines)

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Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Railroad Aficionados Take Note!

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is one of six railroad museums in the State of Texas. The Galveston Railroad Museum is the next closest one found in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Cleburne, Plano, Frisco and San Angelo have the other four locations in Texas.

Location

The address of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum is 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. It is located right in the heart of the historic downtown. So if you are coming from a distance away from Rosenberg, there is plenty to occupy your time.

You can pack a picnic lunch and eat right on the grounds of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. You could also choose to dine at the ‘Ol Railroad Cafe located in the historic Vogelsang Building or choose from a variety of other enticing enterprises in that town.

Viewing platform from which to watch passing trains

Viewing platform from which to watch passing trains

View Passing Trains While Picnicking

Picnicking at the museum would be fun for families with children. The kids can play on the wooden train structure. Trains often pass this spot regularly with three different train lines that use these tracks adjacent to the railroad museum.

There is a platform built up against the see-through fencing for an even better view of the passing trains.

Museum Pricing and Displays

Museum pricing is exceptionally reasonable. $7.50 is the top price for adults, and it goes down from there. They even take discounts such as those from Groupon. Check out their website for more details regarding membership, group tours, birthday parties, special events, and more.

The first thing typically done after entering the Rosenberg Railroad Museum is to watch an 8-minute film. After that, a docent leads an interactive tour through the different rooms of the museum where railroad artifacts are on display.

Information Regarding Hobos

I was particularly interested in the items regarding hobos. My mother was born after the Great Depression, which forced many men to hit the road, often riding the rails from place to place to survive.

Often she witnessed a hobo eating food that my grandmother had given to him. My grandmother also collected used clothing to hand out to those who needed it. The hobo would have wished to complete some chore, such as shoveling snow if it was during the long Wisconsin winter months. Most often, they did not want pure charity without doing something in return.

My grandmother would have made the hobo sign list as a kindhearted lady, as well as other positive notations.

Outdoor G-Scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Outdoor G-Scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Outdoor G Scale Layout

Outside of the museum building, which looks like a Union Depot from 1883, there is a G Scale layout. Model trains operate on the 4th Sunday of each month, weather permitting. We, fortunately, got to see the model trains in action on our first visit.

1972 Missouri Pacific Caboose

1972 Missouri Pacific Caboose

1972 Missouri Pacific Caboose

Next, on our tour, we got to go through the red Missouri Pacific Caboose #13591. Cabooses such as this used to provide a home-away-from-home for the conductor as well as the brakeman and flagman. They would eat, sleep, and wash up in this environment.

As a child, I well remember waving at the men in the caboose as we would await the end of the train as we sat, stopped, at the train tracks. They would typically wave back.

Inside of the caboose is a sign which reads as follows:

Before trains used automatic air brakes, the engineer would signal to the caboose when he wanted to slow down or stop. You would climb along the top of the train and turn the brake wheels that were on the top of the freight cars! Did you know that it takes over a mile for a train to stop once it starts to break?

What a dangerous sounding job! Newer technology has made cabooses a relic from bygone days.

Tower 17

We next climbed the steps up the two-story yellow-painted building called Tower 17. The men assigned work there spent long hours making sure that only one train at a time passed this location, which helped to prevent train accidents.

In the tower, men used a machine called an Interlocker which manually controlled railroad signals and switches. The Interlocker is also a relic from the past. A computer in the year 2004 replaced this one. On view now is a modern high-definition monitor which allows people to see the real-time movement of trains.

Views from the two-story building overlooking the railroad tracks and museum grounds are magnificent.

1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car

Next on our guided tour was the ‘Quebec’ rail car. The Canadian government once owned it, and heads of state would have spent time in it while traveling.

Note the rich wood paneling, patterned carpeting, stained glass, and other luxurious appointments within this rail car. A parlor on one end with an observation deck mirrors the dining room and observation deck on the other side with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and mechanical room in between.

H.O. Scale Model Train

Viewing the H.O. scale model train is not dependent upon weather conditions, because it is set up inside of a building with a whimsical train mural on the exterior. Someone decidedly spent a lot of time and effort in creating this fabulous display.

1895 Bathhouse

On the grounds of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a rustic bathhouse (circa 1895) built by railroad workers before having running water in local boarding houses. Bathing in the Brazos River was a common way for railroad workers to rid themselves of grime and soot. Someone used artistry in its design of the name on the useful outbuilding.

More to Come!

There is much more to see and enjoy when visiting this fantastic railroad museum. More items will be coming, such as a restored 1945 Santa Fe switcher diesel according to their website.

It is hard to absorb all of the information about the Rosenberg Railroad Museum in just one visit. This museum is a venue that you will wish to return to again and again. To learn more about this fascinating museum, be sure to watch the video below.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

You would have fun visiting this museum with your niece and nephew. That Quebec rail car has beautifully appointed rooms and decor for its time.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 13, 2020:

I would love to visit this museum, particularly with a young niece or nephew who loves trains. That Quebec rail car captures my heart!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Liz,

A national railway museum sounds fascinating! At least with the expensive parking fees, the entrance fee is free. That helps somewhat with the costs of going there.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 09, 2020:

My grandson is not too far from the National Railway museum in York. Entrance is free, but parking is expensive. It houses a treasure trove of old steam trains.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

I am pleased that you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Take care!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It is nice that your grandson has that interest in railways. Are there any museums in your area?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Thanks for your visit. You have some nice things in your part of the country also.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 07, 2020:

Thanks for providing this lovely virtual visit to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. This hub is a visual treat.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 06, 2020:

My father would have loved this. My grandson now has a keen interest in railways.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 06, 2020:

I wish we had your City Council here in Olympia. They are visionaries with regards to The Arts. Brilliant!